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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Jan. 25, 1996 V4, #14
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Implanting a 'Telescope' in an Eye to Improve Vision.
An innovative device invented in Israel is a tiny telescope, for
implanting in an eye, to improve vision among patients with
deteriorating eyesight. It is called an Intra-Ocular Telescopic
Lens and is implanted in an operation resembling surgery for
cataracts. Dr. Yitzhak Lifschitz, an eye surgeon at Assuta Hospital
in Tel Aviv, developed the lens which embodies a tiny telescope,
retaining some vision with a deteriorating retina. The condition
affects people over the age of 60.
Will German Soldiers Patrol the Golan?
By Kyle King (VOA-Bonn)
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres visits Germany today amid
speculation he may ask for German participation in an international
peacekeeping force for the Golan Heights. Peres has denied press
reports he is planning to make the request, but his statement has
done little to dampen interest in the idea.
German Defense Minister Volker Ruhe said Israel has not asked
Germany for troops for a possible peacekeeping mission on the
Golan, so there is no reason to speculate about it.
Peres has denied Israeli newspaper reports he will make the request
when he meets with Chancellor Helmut Kohl today in Munich. But
German, American and Israeli newspapers quote officials from all
three countries as saying the idea sounds plausible.
German officials say Israel expressed an interest in German troops
taking part in a multinational peacekeeping force as early as last
June, during Kohl's visit to Israel.
Some analysts say the idea has appeal because it would answer
demands by Syrian President Hafez al Assad, who reportedly wants
a non-US contingent to any force that would provide security in
the event Israel agrees to withdraw from the territory. Israel
captured the strategic heights from Syria in the 1967 war. Syria
wants the territory back, before it will agree to a peace treaty.
Analysts say a German pledge to contribute troops to any
multinational force for the heights would also be a valuable boost
to the Middle-East peace process. In addition to close economic
and political ties with Israel, Germany also enjoys good relations
During his visit, Peres will be awarding Kohl with the president's
medal for humanitarianism. The award, from B'nai B'rith, is in
recognition of Kohl's work to foster German-Israeli relations
and his support of the peace process.
Will Peres and Assad Meet Soon?
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-Washington)
Negotiators from Israel and Syria have begun their second round of
talks Wednesday at the Wye Conference Center on the eastern shore
The negotiations resumed with the addition of two generals from the
Syrian side, two generals from the Israelis and one general from
the US. They have joined the diplomats who took part in the first
round of talks at the center late last year and earlier this month.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher has said the security issue
is the core problem blocking an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan
Heights. Syria has been demanding a total withdrawal as its
condition for a peace settlement.
State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns says it is still too
early in the negotiations to bring together Syrian President
Hafez al-Assad and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
"We don't know if a breakthrough will occur, if it does occur, in
February, March, April or May. So therefore we cannot prescribe
now and will not prescribe now the nature of a meeting. We're
not willing to say they should be brought in at the end or the
middle. It's up to them."
Is Arafat Backing Down From Revising PLO Charter?
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and the newly elected
Palestinian president, Yasir Arafat, have called for reconciliation
between their peoples and pledged to meet their timetable for
negotiating the next and final stage of their peace process. The
statements came after the first meeting between the two men since
Saturday's Palestinian elections. Arafat called the Palestinian
elections proof that his people want to strengthen the peace
Peres congratulated Arafat on the elections, and his 88 percent
victory, and said the two leaders now have three main projects --
amending the Palestinian Charter to remove anti-Israel clauses, as
promised, fighting terrorism and expanding people-to-people
contacts to build a real peace.
Arafat endorsed the people-to-people idea, but was non-committal on
the sensitive Charter amendment issue, saying the decision is now
in the hands of the members of the Palestinian National Council.
Peres has said failure to amend the Charter could stall the peace
Arafat also downplayed comments he made earlier that there could be
a Palestinian state within the next year and a half, saying it will
be a subject of the next round of negotiations, which are scheduled
to begin in May and could last three years.
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